Weekend Update for June 14, 2020

To keep you up to date about the latest and greatest news gathered around the web, here’s some info about Canadian comic book creators and supporters:

CBC Books reported on This Place a graphic novel anthology that examines the 150-plus years of Canadian history since Confederation from the perspective of Indigenous Canadians. The book features work by Indigenous authors from across the country, including David. A Robertson. This Place was a finalist for the 2020 Doug Wright Awards.
You can discover more at CBC.ca/Books
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Bleeding Cool reported that graphic novelist extraordinaire Svetlana Chmakova returns with a brand-new series for middle grade readers entitled The Weirn Books, Vol. 1 : Be Wary of the Silent Woods. Available now from Yen Press, the new graphic novel for grade 3 to 7 readers, the story features shifters, vampires, weirns, and other night things passing for human may prowl the streets, but school is still in session-and you still have to do your homework!
You can read more at BleedingCool.com


The St. John’s Telegram wrote about Kate Beaton after her stay in New York City. When asked about her trip, Kate said: “I went to New York because I really wanted to be a cartoonist, I wanted it to work and I knew I had to be ambitious,…In New York, you’re either going to make it or you’re not, you’re either going to wake up every morning hustling more than you did the day before or you are just not going to make it.”
You can read more at TheTelegram.com
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The 2020 Aurora Award Nominations were announced as selected by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. In the category of Best Graphic Novel, the nominees include:
– The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood and Renee Nault, McClelland & Stewart
– Krampus is My Boyfriend! by S.M. Beiko, Webcomic
– It Never Rains by Kari Maaren, Webcomic
– Carpe Fin: A Haida Manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Douglas & McIntyre
– Dakwäkãda Warriors by Cole Pauls, Conundrum Press
The awards ceremony will be held online in conjunction with When Words Collide (Calgary)  (whenwordscollide.org).
You can read more at PrixAuroraAwards.ca

The Catholic News Service that Sergeant Billy by Mireille Messier, illustrated by Kass Reich has won the Christopher Award in the category of Kindergarten and up.  The book shares the true story of a goat who joined a Canadian battalion during World War I, saved the lives of his comrades and returned home a hero. The Christopher Awards were designed to to salute media that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” The award are currently planned to be handed out in October.
You can read more at CatholicSentinel.org

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The 2020 Eisner Award Nominations were recently announced. Some notable Canadians were among the highly recognized creators including:
– Chip Zdarsky for Daredevil in category of the Best Continuing Series and Afterlift in the category of Best Digital Comic – In addition to both of those titles, Chip was also nominated in the Best Writer category for White Trees and Spider-Man: Life Story
– Darcy Van Poelgeest for Little Bird in the category of Best Limited Series
– Jamal Campbell for Naomi in the category of Best Limited Series
– James Stokoe for Sobek in the category of Best Single Issue/One-Shot and in the category of Best Humor Publication and in the category of Best Writer/Artist
– Jason Loo for Afterlift in the category of Best Digital Comic
– Jeff Lemire for Ascender  and Sentient in the category of Best Limited Series
– Margaret Atwood for The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel in the category of Best Adaptation from Another Medium
– Mariko Tamaki for Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me in the category of Best Publication for Teens – in addition to those two books, Mariko was also nominated in the Best Writer for Archie as well
– Renee Nault for The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel in the category of Best Adaptation from Another Medium
– Seth for Clyde Fans in the category of Best Graphic Album – Reprint
Results of the voting will be announced in July.
You can read more at Comic-Con.org

And in case you missed it, I spoke with some talented Canadian comic book creators this past week.

You can listen to Luc Bossé from Pow Pow Press:

You can listen to from Steven Andrews about TO Comix Press:

You can listen to Kelly Fitzpatrick:

And you can hear some timely wisdom from Richard Comely, creator of Captain Canuck:

To end this edition of Weekend Update, here’s an uplifting and encouraging song called ‘The World Is Your Oyster’ by Montreal trio Birds from Paradise



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